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Robert E. Acock Papers, 1838-1866 (C4101)
0.1 cubic feet

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The papers of Robert E. Acock contain correspondence, a Polk County plat, and legal papers pertaining to the Acock and Robinson families of Polk County, Missouri.

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Cassinda Bolin Papers, 1872-1896 (R1388)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Cassinda Bolin Papers contains photocopies of correspondence and inscriptions found in the personal Bible of Cassinda Bolin.

Bolivar Board of Trade Collection, 1887 (R1178)
(1 folder)

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This is a certificate of membership, dated July 11, 1887, for J.H. Affleck in the Bolivar Board of Trade at Bolivar in Polk County, Missouri. The certificate is signed by T.H.B. Dunnegan, president, and A. J. Hunter, secretary.

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Bolivar Creamery Company Records, 1889-1892 (R0411)
1 folder

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This collection includes the articles of association, certificate of incorporation, and minutes of
meetings of directors and stockholders of the Bolivar Creamery Company in Bolivar, Polk County,
Missouri, 1889-1891. Also included are records of a subsequent firm, the Bolivar Milk Company,
organized in 1892.

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Bolivar Ministerial Alliance, "Polk County Churches: An Historical Perspective", 1985 (R0778)
(1 folder)

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This is an historical survey of religious congregations in Polk County, Missouri, published by the Bolivar Ministrerial Alliance upon request from the Polk County Historical Society.

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Boller Brothers Architectural Records, 1910-1982 (K0065)
9.31 c.f.

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Architectural drawings and other supporting documents for the Boller Brothers firm who specialized in theater design

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Carolyn R. Bergseid Postcard Collection, 1906-1944 (P0548)
28 postcards

Postcards of St. Joseph, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis, Bolivar, and the University of Missouri Columns.

Clinton High School Collection, 1945 (R1250)
(1 folder)

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This is a program for a football game between the Clinton High School Cardinals and Bolivar High School, played at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri, on September 21, 1945.

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Dunnegan Family Papers, no date (SP0046)
.4 cubic foot (22 folders, 50 photographs)

The Dunnegan family papers consist of photographs, military papers from the Civil War and World War I, souvenirs and ephemera from Civil War reunions, legal and official documents, maps,  local history publications and a notebook featuring the notes about a Middle School student’s favorite 1940s college sports teams. The papers were collected by members of the Dunnegan family from Bolivar, Missouri, but information about the Stalling family is also included.   

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Farmers and Merchants Bank, Humansville, Missouri Records, 1901-1932 (R0407)
2 volumes microfilmed

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These are minutes of monthly meetings of the Board of Directors of the Farmers and Merchants
Bank in Humansville, Polk County, Missouri. The minutes include certifications of elections of
directors, appointments of officers, lists of past due loans and overdrawn accounts, and reports of
state bank examiners.

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Freemasons, Bolivar Lodge No. 195 Records, 1889-1957 (R0756)
(1 folder)

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These are directories, calendars, bylaws, and calling cards for the Masonic organization at Bolivar in Polk County, Missouri. Included are officers' directories for 1889 and 1900, membership booklets for 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, and 1960, bylaws for 1956, and five calling cards.

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Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Missouri, Aldrich Post No. 536 Records, 1892-1897 (C3529)
0.08 cubic feet (4 folders)

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List of members and their service records, minutes of meetings, and cash expenditures of a post in Aldrich, Polk County, MO.

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Hunter Family Papers, 1864-1880 (R0469)
(1 folder)

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This is correspondence of the Hunter and Hagler families of Jasper, Lawrence, and Polk Counties in Missouri. The letters were written by Elizabeth Hunter and her daughters, Priscilla A. Hunter and Charlotte Elizabeth (Hunter) Hagler, and were addressed to another daughter, Margaret (Hunter) Newberry. Topics include news of family and friends, turmoil during the Civil War, farm life, and religious matters.

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A.J. Jamieson Letter, 1851 (C2707)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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To William P. Hubbard, Somerville, Two Mile Prairie, Boone County, MO, from Bolivar, MO, May 8, 1851.

Discusses his religious philosophy, family, and personal affairs.

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Elisha Middleton Jennings Civil War Letters, 1863 (C2619)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Eight letters Jennings wrote to his fiancée, while stationed at Corinth, MS.

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Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company Collection, circa 1890s (R1071)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This collections contains "Snap Shots in South Missouri," a promotional booklet to encourage land sales along the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis, and Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railroads in Missouri. The area is presented as ideal for fruit-culture and raising livestock. Booklet includes vies along the railroad lines in Missouri and Arkansas.

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Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, Sixth District Records, 1932-1943 (R1175)
(1 volume)

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These are the secretary's minutes of the annual meetings of the Sixth District, Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs. The record book includes minutes of the twenty-ninth through fortieth annual meetings, 1932-1943.

Missouri Forestry Records, 1929-1994 (R1341)
2.25 cubic feet (53 folders)

The records of Missouri Forestry contain materials from the administration of directors George O. White, Osal B. Capps, and Jerry Presley. This includes materials related to Smokey Bear, fire safety, and the promotion of science, practice, and standards of forestry.

Lynn Morrow Papers, 1804-2015 (R1000)
23 cubic feet (964 folders, 4 oversize folders)

The papers of Lynn Morrow contain correspondence and research papers, with an additional significant collection of late twentieth-century promotional and advertising items. The papers reflect major areas of Morrow's research on the southwest Missouri region; Iron, Shannon, and Washington counties; Theodore Pease Russell and his writings; and the writings of Silas C. Turnbo. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.

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Old Path Association of Baptist Churches Records, 1896-1949 (R0646)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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These are minutes of annual sessions of the Old Path Association of Baptist churhces in Benton, Hickory, Polk, and St. Clair counties in Missouri. Included are minutes of the meetings, the articles of faith, rules of decorum, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, statistical information, and correspondence with other associations.

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Osage River Regular Baptist Association Records, 1847 (R0285)
1 folder

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These are minutes of the meeting in 1847 of the Osage River Association, which was composed
of Baptist churches in Benton, Camden, Polk, and Webster counties in Missouri. The minutes
include lists of churches and delegates to the meeting, a summary of the association's business, and
an "Abstract of Principles."

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Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists Records, 1904-1941 (R0995)
(1 folder)

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These are published minutes of annual sessions of the Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists, which consisted of member congretaitions in Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, and Wright Counties in Missouri. Minutes are available for meetigns in 1904, 1906-1910, 1913-1915, 1917-1924, and 1941.

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Pleasant Hope Community Fair Collection, 1936 (R0947)
(1 folder)

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This is the catalog and premium list for the Fourteenth Annual Pleasant Hope Community Fair, also called the Pleasant Hope Educational and Agricultural Fair. The event was held on November 5-7, 1936 at Pleasant Hope in Polk County, Missouri.

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Ralph Gravely Scrapbook, 1910-1914 (P0856)
49 photographs

Copy photos from scrapbook of Gravely, manager of Bolivar Free Press. Includes photos of Gravely family, Bolivar, and the University of Missouri.

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William A. Ruyle Papers, circa 1864 (R0033)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The William A. Ruyle Papers contain a transcript of a letter written by William A. Ruyle to his father, describing his wartime experiences with the 5th Regiment, Missouri Infantry. It includes accounts of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and events prior to the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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Sellers Family Photographs, no date (P0574)
4 photographs

Photos of the Sellers family and farm near Bolivar, MO, ca. 1900.

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Simón Bolívar Memorial Foundation Commemorative Program Collection, 1948 (R0775)
(1 folder)

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This is a souvenir commemorative program for the dedication of a statue of Simón Bolívar at Bolivar in Polk County, Missouri, on July 5, 1948.  The Presidents of the United States and Venezuela attended the ceremony.

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Avington Wayne Simpson Diary, 1861-1865 (C2993)
1 roll of microfilm

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This diary kept by a Polk County, MO, resident, contains short concise entries dealing with the daily events of a Confederate Missouri State Guard unit organized in July 1861. Simpson participated in the 1864 summer campaign through the Kennesaw Mountains, including the fall of Atlanta.

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Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Records, 1964-2011 (SP0009)
28 cubic feet

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The records consist of the financial documents, correspondence, project notes and publications pertaining to the operation of the non-profit environmental organization known as Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development. 

Springfield-Branson, Missouri, Metropolitan Area, Photograph Collection, 1884-1965 (P1109)

An artificial collection of photographs of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone, and Taney Counties.

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St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Records, 1859-1980 (R0362)
(178 cubic feet)

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These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980. Also of note are four architectural drawing boxes that include the blueprints for structures along the St. Louis-San Francisco Line. A detailed inventory of the drawings is included in each of the four boxes.

Mark Stauter Collection, 1852-1980 (R1432)
2 cubic feet (120 folders)

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The Mark Stauter Collection consist of materials donated by Dr. Mark Stauter, the former director of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Rolla Research Center. The papers cover a variety of topics related to Missouri history.

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Western Missouri Land-O-Lakes Association Collection, circa 1962-1965 (R0823)
(1 folder)

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These are two map brochures published by the Western Missouri Land-O-Lakes Association, to promote tourism in the area including the "Upper Arm" of the Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre Lake, and the planned Stockton Lake and Kaysinger Bluff (later Harry S. Truman) Reservoir.

Paul A. Wobus Papers, 1918-1989 (R0008)
2.5 cubic feet (58 folders, 89 notebooks, 79 photographs)

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The Paul A. Wobus Papers contain the personal and professional papers of Reverend Paul A. Wobus of Manchester, Missouri. The papers include Wobus’s uncompleted and unpublished memoirs, photographs, correspondence, materials concerning Mount Zion Community Church and the Ozark Community Council, historical notes concerning Wobus’s avocational interest in the mills and railroads in the regions, miscellaneous newspaper clippings and other printed materials, narrative accounts of many of his trips into the Ozarks. Also included are 89 small notebooks, dated from 1938-1972, in which he kept records of his mileage, routes, schedules, expenses, and places and person visited.

James Washington Woodard Papers, 1862-1867 (SP0048)
0.01 cubic feet (2 folders)

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James Washington Woodard Papers consist of Civil War letters that recount the horror of war, camp life, the fate of comrades at the battles of Corinth and Vicksburg, and the movements of General Sterling Price’s army as they evacuated Missouri in 1862 and 1863. The collection consists of six letters written by a Confederate Lieutenant serving in Company D, 5th Missouri Infantry, 1st Brigade. Also included is a document dealing with an 1867 property transfer from his wife’s family, the Lemmons, to his widow.

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